Our story starts with breaking boundaries. When cowboy J. Robert Atkinson lost his sight as a young adult, he overcame crippling depression and learned to read again. The words helped his mind take flight, jumping off the page and empowering him as an exceptional leader, innovator and advocate for the blind.
Atkinson was tireless in his efforts, launching a Braille printing press (and publishing the first Braille edition of the King James Bible), lobbying legislators and assisting with job placement for people with visual impairment.
For 100 years, Braille Institute has empowered people across Southern California and nationwide to see that, with support and determination, there is no limit to what they can achieve.